Category Archives: Employee Profiles

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Jack Adams, Shop Foreman & Automotive Technician

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Jack Adams, Shop Foreman & Automotive Technician

Jack Adams joined the Simard Automotive team a little over a year ago. He serves as a shop foreman and is one of our leading auto repair technicians. He has been a very valuable part of the Simard family ever since he started working here. Whether he’s supervising and helping guide other technicians in the shop, or he’s getting his own hands dirty making the repairs himself, Jack takes a very hands-on approach to his job. He’s been working on cars for more than 10 years and he holds his ASE Automotive Technician Certification. Being an integral part of the team at Simard Automotive is one of the things Jack likes most about his role in the shop. “I really enjoy working on cars and being part of a team,” he says. “It’s a challenging job that keeps you on your toes.&rdq ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brent Garnier, Master Technician

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brent Garnier, Master Technician

Brent Garnier joined the Simard Automotive team earlier this year and he has been a great asset in the repair shop. He brings a lot of knowledge, education and experience in the automotive repair industry. Brent is an ASE Certified Master Technician, which means he has completed all eight specialized training certifications offered by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program. He also holds an Associate’s degree in automotive service technology from Northern Michigan University. Last but not least, he is a Ford and Daimler Chrysler certified technician. When asked what he likes most about working at Simard Automotive, Brent said that “Everyone is great, super friendly and welcoming. I’ve only been at Simard for a short while and I already feel like an important part of the team ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brad Davids, Service Advisor

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Brad Davids, Service Advisor

Brad Davids has been part of the Simard Automotive team for almost two years now. As a Service Advisor, he plays a very important role at the shop. He deals directly with customers and also works closely with the repair technicians. Brad is there to help answer any questions that our customers may have and to walk them through the repair process. This includes explaining repair recommendations from the technicians and discussing parts/labor price estimates. His goal is to give you all the information you need to make sound auto repair and maintenance decisions. Brad has been in the automotive service industry for most of his adult life, including the past 15 years as a service advisor in Fairbanks. He is an ASE Certified Automotive C ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Mary-Kate Podobnik, Service Advisor

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Mary-Kate Podobnik, Service Advisor

Mary-Kate Podobnik joined Simard Automotive in April 2017, and she has been a great part of the team ever since. She is one of our Service Advisors and also takes on a lot of different management assistance roles. She works hard every day performing a variety of tasks, including everything from pumping gas and helping with certain auto repair jobs, to managing inventory and working with auto repair customers. Ultimately, Mary-Kate’s most important role is as Service Advisor to the valued customers of Simard Automotive. She works closely with the repair technicians to prepare repair orders and present accurate repair estimates to customers. Her goal is to walk you through the process of which parts and repairs are needed for your vehicle, so you can make an informed decision. Mary-Kate is there to help and answer al ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - James Rodriguez, Shop Apprentice

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - James Rodriguez, Shop Apprentice

James Rodriguez has been a Shop Apprentice at Simard Automotive for over two years. He has become a great part of the Simard team and we’re proud to have him in our shop. He does so much to help our customers with their auto repairs and automotive services. As Shop Apprentice, James is responsible for a number of duties. He handles many different automotive repairs and also helps with diagnostic testing to identify potential problems within the vehicles we service. He helps with training of other apprentices who join either of the Simard Automotive shops in Fairbanks. He also helps new repair technicians get settled in and familiar with everything when when they come on board. James is a quick learner and he is always looking for ways to expand his automotive repair knowledge. He has ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Craig Malecki, Shop Foreman

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Craig Malecki, Shop Foreman

Craig Malecki has been a vital part of the Simard Automotive team for the past three years. He has embraced his role as Shop Foreman, which is crucial to the success of the shop. He is essentially the glue that holds the repair facility together.  As Shop Foreman, Craig is responsible for managing the work flow of the auto repair shop. He is in regular communication with the Service Advisors upfront to prioritize the repair jobs and help keep everything organized. Then, he is overseeing the repair technicians to make sure they are doing the work that is assigned. It's an important leadership and organization role, and Craig is a natural fit in the position because he always keeps things running so smoothly. Craig is an automotive repair industry veteran, bringing over 15 years of experi ... read more

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Cat Pottschmidt, Service Advisor

Simard Automotive Employee Profile - Cat Pottschmidt, Service Advisor

From time to time on the Simard Automotive Blog, we will introduce some of our valued employees. With two locations in Fairbanks, our success is built by the great people who work in our auto repair shops and our customer service team members. These employee profile articles will give you all a little glimpse into the people behind Simard Automotive and our friendly style of business. Cat Pottschmidt has been a Service Advisor for Simard Automotive for more than six years. She is an integral part of the team and customers know they can count on her for exceptional service and honest advice. Cat is very skilled at helping customers and communicating with the automotive technicians in the shop. She makes sure everyone knows what is going on. Most importantly, she gives our customers the information and insight they need to make the right auto ... read more

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